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Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

The multi-prize-winning author has passed away at the age of 87. 20SomethingReads.com's Nicole Sherman reflects on his legacy, which will carry on through his extremely elegant command of the written word.

Chip Kidd: Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf

Get the inside scoop on all things book design --- from covers to fonts to philosophy --- in Part 3 of our interview with Chip Kidd!

B.J. Novak's Debut Short Story Collection

ONE MORE THING is about love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that just might make a person complete.

A Recasted Snow White Fairy Tale...

This story of family secrets, race, beauty and vanity is a play on the elements of the familiar tale.

A Remarkable and Uncompromising Saga

SHOTGUN LOVESONGS explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again --- and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

A Series About Love, Sacrifice, Death and Freedom

Two very different seventeen-year-olds fall in love and question everything they ever believed.

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April 8, 2014
I’ve always been interested in what classifies a book as “highbrow” or “lowbrow.” What elusive factors --- aside from the basic quality of the writing --- make some...
March 26, 2014
Veronica Roth's bestselling YA Divergent series made its long-awaited theatrical debut last Friday. I was lucky enough (thanks to HarperCollins!) to catch an advanced...
February 13, 2014
Welcome back, readers! What better way to celebrate the return of Throwback Thursday than with the books we love that are all about LOVE? In honor of Valentine's Day, Nikki, Emily and Meghan...

Coffee Break


UGANDA BE KIDDING ME
By Chelsea Handler

Wherever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: She always ends up in the land of the ridiculous. Now, in this uproarious collection, she sneaks her sharp wit through airport security and delivers her most absurd and hilarious stories ever.
 
On safari in Africa, it's anyone's guess as to what's more dangerous: the wildlife or Chelsea. But whether she's fumbling the seduction of a guide by not knowing where tigers live (Asia, duh) or wearing a bathrobe into the bush because her clothes stopped fitting seven margaritas ago, she's always game for the next misadventure.
 
The situation gets down and dirty as she defiles a kayak in the Bahamas, and outright sweaty as she escapes from a German hospital on crutches. When things get truly scary, like finding herself stuck next to a passenger with bad breath, she knows she can rely on her family to make matters even worse. Thank goodness she has the devoted Chunk by her side-except for the time she loses him in Telluride.
 
Complete with answers to the most frequently asked traveler's questions, hot travel trips, and travel etiquette, none of which should be believed, UGANDA BE KIDDING ME has Chelsea taking on the world, one laugh-out-loud incident at a time.
 
 
 

Reviews

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.  As a way to remember her, Grace's best friend Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hanna threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle -- stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they -- despite the odds -- find a way to reunite?
 

When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes --- and Stone Barrington is a material witness --- he and his former partner, Dino Bacchetti, find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone…and that the biggest heist is still to come.

The hurricane that is the famous author Nicolas Kolt is down to its last battering winds. While he’s hiding on a Tuscan island from publishers, family, friends, and life in general, a whole host of indiscretions and minor misunderstandings come to light. Once more, Nicolas is forced to deal with his past --- a past full of family secrets that he cannot comprehend.

Joyce Carol Oates is an unparalleled investigator of human flaws. In these eight stories, she deftly tests the bonds between damaged individuals --- a brother and sister, a teacher and student, two strangers on a subway --- in the fearless prose for which she’s become so celebrated. She confronts, one by one, the demons within us. Sometimes it’s the human who wins, and sometimes it’s the demon.

When Cat Morland is asked to join family friends on a trip to Edinburgh, she can’t wait to escape her home in Dorset. She meets new friends, finds love, experiences heartbreak, and faces a mystery or two that can’t compete with her dark and macabre imagination. It’s that creativity that gets her in trouble and could possibly ruin the life she was finally starting to imagine for herself.

The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund - Mystery/Thriller

An intruder brutally murders an entire family, and newspaper reporter Annika Bengtzon must fly there to report on the case. Upon arrival, she discovers that a fifth family member is unaccounted for. Soon, the killers are found, but they too have met their demise. Amid a culture weighed down by drug smuggling and money laundering, Annika must try to find the missing girl before it’s too late.

In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. As Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths --- a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

Maria Mutch explores the miraculous power that care and communication have in the face of the deep, personal isolation that often comes with disability. A chronicle of the witching hours between midnight and 6am, this meditative book takes place during the two-year period in which Mutch’s son Gabriel, who is autistic and also has Down syndrome, rarely slept through the night. We see both Gabriel’s difficult childhood and Maria’s introduction to the world of multiple disability parenting.

As a bright young girl from Ohio, Andrea Raynor always wanted to be a doctor. Instead, she landed --- almost by accident --- at Harvard Divinity School, which, she quickly discovered, was no typical seminary. From navigating relation­ships to exploring whether a pretty girl can truly wear a collar, INCOGNITO tackles our assumptions about spirituality, the church, morality and identity, and affirms that God often works in ways --- and in people --- we least expect.

Lean In: For Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg - Business/Self-Help

Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this edition of LEAN IN includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice; owning who you are; and leaning in for millennial men.

Over the course of one school year --- seventh grade --- 12-year-old Kevin Brockmeier sets out in search of himself. Along the way, he happens into his first kiss at a church party, struggles to understand why his old friends tease him at the lunch table, becomes the talk of the entire school thanks to his Halloween costume, and booby-traps his lunch to deter a thief.

Ruth Lennox is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in psychotherapist Frieda Klein, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case. When it emerges that Ruth was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection.